Strong Like Finn

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Finn Michael Foust was born September 13th , 2016 at a hefty 9lbs. 6 oz.

Although he was a beautiful baby boy, we noticed early on that he wasn’t progressing developmentally at the same rate as a typical infant. At 6 months, he was taken to Sunrise Hospital where a swallow study was conducted, the results revealed Finn was aspirating every type of food and liquid. He was immediately admitted to Summerlin Hospital and concurrently had surgery to put in a G-tube for feeding. Doctors also noticed Finn had severe hypotonia which is low muscle tone and common for children with developmental delays.

Although numerous tests were completed, every result was either negative or inconclusive. However, Finn remained to be his very happy and easy-going self. Hence the hashtag #stronglikeFinn. Finn was referred to several specialists: Neurologist, Geneticist, Gastroenterologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and Speech/ Feeding Therapist. Until the age of 2 1⁄2, Finn was fed entirely through his G-tube. In February of 2019, Finn had a febrile seizure after which he spent 5 days in Sunrise Hospital undergoing more tests, including an extensive EEG which showed slowing in the firing of the synapses in the left side of his brain.

Two years later in February 2021, Finn suffered another seizure, this time the doctors
believed it was a myoclonic seizure possibly caused by an over working of the brain. After 4 days at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, it was determined the best care he could receive would be at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. He was airlifted and spent another 4 days in the hospital, having a new team of doctors and specialist watch over him in an attempt to diagnose him. Finn’s seizure also caused Todd’s paralysis on the right side of his body resulting in regression on the progress he had made in his mobility and feeding himself.

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